Right, I feel like Colliton gets too cute with his line combos, too often. Carpenter and Kampf are bottom-six centers -- they don't make sense in the top-six. And now he's got Strome playing wing to boot. Why? I don't consider myself a huge Strome fan -- he's fine -- but I would say he's a much better option at center than either Kampf or Carpenter. Not only that, but Strome has played his best hockey since joining the Blackhawks when he's paired with Debrincat, they have chemistry from their OHL days. Enough with the cutesy experiments.The thing I don't get is, why not have a purely sheltered first line in Cat/Strome/Kane?
Bread/Kane was ridiculously sheltered and Strome is a huge upgrade over Anisimov. Strome has shown he can win FO's when he feels like it and when the Hawks lose possession just point him towards the bench and be done with him.
I still don't understand JC's fascination with Kampf and playing him above his weight class. He's a rock solid fourth line center and probably a top five fourth line center in the league. Why is this guy on the ice with Kane or Cat? I'm really not seeing why Kubi is stuck playing with him and if it wasn't for Hagels nonstop motor Kubi would be wasted at even strength.